Sid’s journey –
Narrator: This is the story of Sid, who represents lots of folks whose gifts remain
hidden for far too long, who may live their lives labeled “bad”, because they have not
discovered ways to use their hidden treasure
usefully in the place they live……
Sid may live his life in serviceland without ever engaging in a positive way… many
Sids do and they provide employment and career opportunities for lots of helpful andmostly well meaning people like: social workers, teachers, psychologists, police,
prison officers, mental health support workers, addiction counselors … you get the picture….
Our Sid is now 13, having survived an alcoholic mother, a father absent since he was
5 and unhelpful before then…
During those 13 years he has not managed to engage with the opportunities presentedto him through Sure Start, school or various clubs that operate in his neighbourhood
… although he found a football coach from the local team and the ICT technician at
this school quite frien
He has developed a little enterprise copying and selling films and games on dvd and
makes enough money to supplement the meagre income from his mother ….
We take up Sid‟s story at age 13, when other possibilities present themselves in a
small portion of linear time, presented here as:
“The Horizontal Line of Possibilities”
…. Which turns out to have up and down bits too … hmm
‟s take a trip along this timeline and see what you think ….
The power of 3 or rule of 3 ….
You know how messages take time to get through and
you need to hear them more than once to resonate….?
During Assembly the School Head announces that a new community space has
opened on the High Street… it is called Spark…. It barely registers with Sid who
tends to check the
Head‟s words for potential danger more than opportunity …
Meanwhile, Sid‟s mum‟s drinking has once again brought her and Sid to the attention
of Social Services and addiction services for Mum and the possibility of taking Sid
into care are considered … ne
ither are taken up and opportunity to engage with thelocal charity offering an informal buddy scheme for kids missing positive adult role
models goes by …
Sid‟s ICT teacher catches him
selling his bootleg dvds in class and gives him a
And sees a raft of possibilities to engage Sid with what he can do and